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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

How to Plan the Unexpected

Photo by Sandra Lara By Kayla Albert “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ~John Lennon Plans are what I’m good at. I plan my meals, outfits, weekends.

Cirque du Soleil: 100-Watt Egos, Disintegrating Costumes & Big Top Dreams

What does it take to build the greatest circus the world's ever seen? We go behind the big top with Cirque du Soleil co-founder Gilles Ste-Croix.

A Malm Headboard Gets New Life as a Project Table

Materials: Malm bed (headboard piece), Expedit Shelves and Expedit Casters (wheels) Description: I have been wanting to make a Project Table for awhile now, but wasn't sure what to use for the materials. My Malm bed had survived two moves, but a third move wasn't in the cards for it.

Don’t Replace Clutter with More Clutter (105/365)

The first time Sarah and I did a big de-cluttering of our home, we were kind of stunned with how empty our home felt. We had become accustomed to a certain level of clutter, and without the clutter, our living quarters felt relatively empty. A few weeks later, we found ourselves at a furniture store where a friend was looking for a few items.

EKORRE Wagon Anti-Tip Wings

Materials: EKORRE Toddle Wagon, Vinyl Blinds, Screws Description: The EKORRE wagon is a great toy for our one-year-old, but one serious problem is that pushing it too fast can cause the cart to fly forward and the handle to slam down, potentially hurting little fingers. A simple fix for this is to add anti-tip wings that extend a little behind the back wheels.

Wicker basket bathroom furniture

Materials: BYHOLMA baskets two sizes Description: The purpose was to create a bathroom cabinet. The style needed to be nature/zen. Steps followed: 1. Bought oak table and fixed two sinks on it (non Ikea Hack) 2. Then just created two planks at the right size. Made sure to support them somewhere in the middle with a vertical plank. 3. Fix a wooden beam to support the baskets position. 4.

How to Stay Motivated When the World's Against You

As a blogger, an entrepreneur or even an employee you can tend to feel a lack of motivation when times are rough or your products and services simply don’t get the attention they deserve.

If I Had It To Do All Over Again, Would I Do Anything Different?

Jennifer sent me a great email recently that included this question: Your effort in getting out of debt has been a great inspiration to me and I know it must feel great to have finally freed yourself from the shackles of debt.

Pimp my clock

Materials: ''Tajma'' clock in yellow, Blue foam, permanent markers, happy face sticker. Description: I work in a daycare with a group of 10 kids ages 4 to 5. My boss, the owner of the daycare, wants me to teach them how to read the time on a clock, but he bought me a clock without any numbers on it. This is my own little solution... I think it's much more adapted this way.

Linkswitch #99, Freelance Marketing, Creative Mind, Weak Ties

Every other week we roundup some of the highest quality articles and resources that benefit freelancers from across the web. We present these articles here on various helpful topics.

Candy Colored lampshade with metal studs

Materials: JÄRA Shade, white Description: I painted the JÄRA Shade green and I cut small slits with an X-Acto knife. Then I put the metal studs in the slits. And Tadaaaa: a funny candy colored lampshade! ~ moni

Six Years of Get Rich Slowly

Six years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal-finance blog on the internet. I was wrong, of course; there were plenty of similar blogs before mine. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In the Beginning… In April 2006, I was still deep in debt.

Manvotional: The Cardinal Virtues — Courage

From The Cardinal Virtues, 1902 By William De Witt Hyde COURAGE If man were merely a mind, wisdom to see particular desires in the light of their permanent consequences to self, and justice to weigh the interests of self to the impartial scales of a due regard for the interests of others, would together sum up all virtue.

Micke & Byse Built in Desk

Materials: Vika Byse, Galant Leg , Micke Description: We wanted a built in desk for our 10x10 foot office. We decided to buy two Vika Byse table tops and cut them down to size. For the middle drawers we used the all white Micke drawer unit and for the outside legs we bought the Galant Legs.

Put a “Sell By” Date on It (104/365)

As you go through the de-cluttering process, you’re going to find things that you’re simply unsure about. Should you keep it? Should you get rid of it? It’s not something essential… but you can certainly see yourself using it again. What should you do with it? Quite often, people end up putting items like this right back where they found them.